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  1. Is it time for Mariners to demote Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak to Triple-A?

    Jun 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak

    Thanks in large part to Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders, the Mariners offense hasn’t been as bad as expected this year. The team is struggling mightily right now, though, having scored just four runs in four games, and if changes are going to come, this would seem to be right part of the schedule to…

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  3. Oakland’s three-Brandon infield has a weak debut

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

    Spot the Brandons

    The A’s today tried playing Brandon Moss at first, Brandon Hicks at second and Brandon Inge at third. And they got a win anyway. Of course, the Brandons didn’t really contribute, combining to go 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Inge also committed an error. Jarrod Parker was able to overcome it all, though, stirking out nine…

  4. Injury Wednesday continues. Next up: Kevin Millwood

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    They’re dropping like flies out there today. Next up Mariners starter Kevin Millwood! Millwood had to leave today’s game against the A’s with an apparent groin injury.  He’s had groin issues this year already, and those things are pesky. Seriously. I tweaked my left groin in December and it’s still sort of messed up, and I…

  5. The case for Tom Wilhelmsen as the Mariners’ All-Star

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

    Tom Wilhemsen

    It won’t be Ichiro. It might not be King Felix. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times believes that Tom Wilhelmsen should be the Mariners’ lone All-Star this year. It’d sure be a nice story if it comes to fruition. Wilhelmsen, originally a seventh-round pick of the Brewers in 2002, was suspended in 2004 after twice…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  7. How much longer will the Rangers hit Michael Young fifth?

    Jun 25, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Michael Young

    There are 178 players with at least 150 plate appearances against right-handed pitching this season. Michael Young ranks 172nd in the group in OPS: 169. Rickie Weeks (Mil): .580 170. Sean Rodriguez (TB): .576 171. Danny Espinosa (Was): .575 172. Michael Young (Tex): .566 173. Jamey Carroll (Min): .565 174. Orlando Hudson (SD/ChW): .562 175.…

  8. Jason Vargas joins A.J. Burnett in the double-digit runs club

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

    Jason Vargas

    A.J. Burnett‘s disastrous outing against the Cardinals on May 2 remains the gold standard for horrendous starts this season, but now he has company in the double-digit runs allowed club. Jason Vargas coughed up 10 runs in 4.1 innings against the Diamondbacks yesterday, including serving up five homers. Arizona hitters went 10-for-22 (.455) with seven…

  9. Michael Pineda won’t be cleared to throw before September

    Jun 20, 2012, 4:06 PM EST

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    While in town to be examined by team doctors yesterday Michael Pineda made a surprise appearance in the Yankees clubhouse, hanging out with the new teammates he barely got to know before undergoing shoulder surgery in April. Pineda described himself as “feeling better right now” but was also quick to note that he hasn’t been…

  10. Ichiro Suzuki set for 2,500th hit; will he get to 3,000?

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Probably tonight or perhaps tomorrow, Ichiro Suzuki will get his 2,500th hit as a major leaguer. He’s currently just one away, though that was also the case a couple of days ago; Ichiro  went 0-for-4 on Sunday and was given a rare day off on Monday. Obviously, Ichiro’s pace is slowing down. The hope was…

  11. Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Kyle Drabek

    Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday. Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league…

  12. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    gutierrez wide getty

    Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played since September of last season because of multiple health problems, the latest of which were a torn pectoral muscle and heel injury, but the former Gold Glove center fielder was finally back in the Mariners’ lineup last night. At this point it’s impossible to say what to expect from Gutierrez, as…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Royals 2, Brewers 1: Luis Mendoza took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it was still close as prodigal Royal Zack Greinke was pretty sharp too, striking out eight and allowing one run over seven innings. Billy Butler‘s RBI single in the eighth was the difference. White Sox 6, Cardinals 1: Paul Konerko is batting…

  14. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    contact poster

    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  15. The Cubs fire hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Cubs logo

    The Chicago Cubs just announced that they have fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. They have named James Rowson, their minor league hitting coordinator, as the interim major league hitting coach. The Cubs hired Jaramillo away from the Texas Rangers following the 2009 season. He was given a three-year, $2.42 million contract which seemed kind of nuts…

  16. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

  17. Alexi Ogando strains groin after three hitless innings

    Jun 10, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Alexi Ogando

    Apparently it’s the new in thing; get a no-hitter going and then exit with a groin strain. Of course, Alexi Ogando today was only three innings along in his outing against the Giants, not six innings like Kevin Millwood on Friday. And Ogando wasn’t going to last all that much longer anyway; the 28-year-old was…

  18. What they’re saying about the Mariners’ combined no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    Mariners no-hitter Getty

    Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers last night. It was the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history and the first since six Astros combined to no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. It was the third…

  19. Lack of instant replay looms big in another no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 1:28 AM EST

    Dee Gordon

    Just like in Johan Santana‘s no-hitter exactly a week ago, a close play that could have been overturned by replay loomed large in Seattle’s combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday night. Dee Gordon, maybe the National League’s fastest player, led off the bottom of the ninth with a broken-bat flare to shortstop against Tom…

  20. Kevin Millwood exits with groin strain; Mariners get no-hitter anyway

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood pitched six hitless innings Friday against the Dodgers before being forced from the game with a mild right groin strain after going to warm up for the seventh, but five relievers combined to shut L.A. down afterwards, giving Seattle its first no-hitter in 19 years. Millwood threw just 68 pitches before his departure,…

  21. Mendoza Line no more: Michael Saunders has 18 hits in his last 8 games

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Tampa Bay Rays

    As recently as two weeks ago Michael Saunders appeared to be in danger of playing himself out of the Mariners’ plans. He was hitting .226, had a career batting average under .200, and remained an everyday player largely due to the Mariners not having better options in center field. And then something clicked for Saunders…

  22. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  23. Felix Hernandez to miss his next start

    Jun 5, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    That bad back Felix Hernandez suffered is not responding well, so he’s gonna have to miss his next start, reports Geoff Baker.  That means Hector Noesi will start Wednesday’s game on short rest. Eric Wedge doesn’t sound overly concerned: “Felix is feeling better, but no sense in pushing it right now. I know he feels like…

  24. First-round winners and losers from the MLB draft

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:33 PM EST

    Marcus Stroman

    Sure, one generally has to wait four or five years to really sit back and analyze how a draft turned out. But why let that stop us from picking some winners and losers from Monday evening’s first round. Winners Dodgers – Corey Seager will likely prove to be a tough sign, but the high school…

  25. MLB draft picks 16-20: The Nationals take a chance with Lucas Giolito

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:57 PM EST

    Nationals cap logo

    No. 16 – Washington Nationals -High school right-hander Lucas Giolito With their lowest pick since the franchise arrived to D.C. in 2005, it didn’t look like the Nationals would be able to snag an elite talent like the previous three drafts with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. They may have lucked out here.…

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